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No PlayStation 5 backwards compatibility for PS1, PS2, and PS3 titles and very fake-looking hefty PS5 retail box gets overshadowed by Miles Morales concept design

Terrific fan-made PS5 retail box concept design featuring Miles Morales. (Image source: Vinícius de Jesus/Behance)
Terrific fan-made PS5 retail box concept design featuring Miles Morales. (Image source: Vinícius de Jesus/Behance)
An Ubisoft support page has seemingly confirmed that PlayStation 5 backwards compatibility will be restricted to PS4 titles, leaving games from the PS1, PS2, and PS3 generations out in the cold. An image of an alleged PS5 retail box has appeared online, but fake or not it pales into comparison next to an incredible fan-made Miles Morales concept design.

A screenshot supposedly taken from an Ubisoft support page has apparently confirmed that PS5 backwards compatibility (BC) will be limited to PS4 games. The statement, which was made in response to a query about upgrading from the PS4 to the PS5, reads “Backwards compatibility will be available for supported PlayStation 4 titles, but will not be possible for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2, or PlayStation 1 games.” At face value, this can be simply taken in the manner that many fans already expected: PS5 BC for PS4 titles only.

However, the more optimistic types are already trying to reason that there is still hope for full PS5 BC all the way back to the PS1. Some have suggested that the statement just refers to Ubisoft titles, and also that it is questionable how it was Ubisoft that has been the company to come out and make this seemingly important revelation. Interestingly, the support page in question has now been taken down, so maybe Sony is still pondering the BC conundrum.

An image of an alleged retail box for the PS5 has been shared on Twitter, and unsurprisingly it has already been thoroughly dissected and debunked by netizens. In all fairness, the logo in the top right-hand corner and the headphones symbol do raise some questions in regard to veracity, and frankly being a PS5 retail box “straight from the factory” it already looks somewhat scuffed and used (see image below). However, it is a handy reminder, fake or not, of just how big Sony’s next-gen console is, because a smaller-looking box than this one would have been instantly discounted as false.

For those who would like something a bit flashier than a rather drab white-colored PS5 retail box, a designer called Vinícius de Jesus has posted a concept version of the packaging that features a Spider-Man: Miles Morales Limited Edition design – and it looks absolutely striking. The console and DualSense controller are also decked out in the custom design, which would easily catch the eye of an errant gamer strolling around their local electronics store in the hunt for a new PS5.

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Screenshot from Ubisoft page. (Image source: @Wario64 - edited)
Screenshot from Ubisoft page. (Image source: @Wario64 - edited)
Alleged PS5 retail box. (Image source: @GamesAndWario)
Alleged PS5 retail box. (Image source: @GamesAndWario)
Odd-looking PS5 headphones icon. (Image source: @Zenorachl)
Odd-looking PS5 headphones icon. (Image source: @Zenorachl)
Sony logo. (Image source: @tarko_x)
Sony logo. (Image source: @tarko_x)
Concept PS5 box. (Image source: Vinícius de Jesus/Behance)
Concept PS5 box. (Image source: Vinícius de Jesus/Behance)
Concept PS5 box. (Image source: Vinícius de Jesus/Behance)
Concept PS5 box. (Image source: Vinícius de Jesus/Behance)
Concept PS5 box. (Image source: Vinícius de Jesus/Behance)
Concept PS5 box. (Image source: Vinícius de Jesus/Behance)
Concept PS5 box. (Image source: Vinícius de Jesus/Behance)
Concept PS5 box. (Image source: Vinícius de Jesus/Behance)
Concept PS5 box. (Image source: Vinícius de Jesus/Behance)
Concept PS5 box. (Image source: Vinícius de Jesus/Behance)
Concept PS5 box. (Image source: Vinícius de Jesus/Behance)
Concept PS5 box. (Image source: Vinícius de Jesus/Behance)
Concept PS5 box. (Image source: Vinícius de Jesus/Behance)
Concept PS5 box. (Image source: Vinícius de Jesus/Behance)
 
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Daniel R Deakin, 2020-08-31 (Update: 2020-09-30)
Daniel R Deakin
Daniel R Deakin - Managing Editor News
My interest in technology began after I was presented with an Atari 800XL home computer in the mid-1980s. I especially enjoy writing about technological advances, compelling rumors, and intriguing tech-related leaks. I have a degree in International Relations and Strategic Studies and count my family, reading, writing, and travel as the main passions of my life. I have been with Notebookcheck since 2012.